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Amol Arora, an Indian edupreneur was born on 13 January 1976, to Dr. D.R Arora and Dr. (Mrs.) Bimla Arora, a husband-wife team of academicians. Amol Arora is the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Shemrock & Shemford Group of Schools and a Member of Managing Committee, DPS Pinjore. A famous name in the Indian Education Industry, Amol Arora has been credited for introducing pioneering concepts and integration of technology in school education in India.
Early Life and Education[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]
Born in Amritsar, Amol Arora is the elder son of the Arora family. Owing to the educationist parents, he obtained the best schooling in India and Abroad. He completed his schooling in the year 1994. He has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the prestigious Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi University. Amol worked as a Software Engineer from 1999–2000, in TCS –the leading corporate in India and Abroad before settling down on his career of choice i.e. education.
Later on, in the year 2002 Amol pursued his post-graduation from the University of California-Irvine Campus, wherein he was offered a faculty scholarship. He was also elected as the President of the Indian Students Association in the campus and earned an honorary lifetime membership of the Beta-Gamma-Sigma Society, an association of top management students in the USA.
Amol Arora is a Doctoral Researcher in Educational Leadership and Management from the University of Nottingham, UK, 2004.
Entrepreneurial Journey[edit | hide | edit source]
The launch of the first Shemrock preschool in the year 1989 acted as the stepping stone for Amol Arora’s entry into the field of education. Amol handled the marketing front and helped his mother Dr. (Mrs.) Bimla Arora with the launch of the very first Shemrock preschool in Ashok Vihar, Delhi. After the success of the first Shemrock, the second branch was set-up. The second preschool also did well and it was realized that a good model was built, which was replicable as well.
In 1991, the word franchising entered Arora’s dictionary and it was found to be a good fit with the model. This model allowed to focus on the educational part of running the schools- building better curriculum, better school systems, quality controls, investing the resources - time and energy in Research & Development. Thus, was born the concept of school franchising in India!
After gaining experience from the preschool model-Shemrock, Amol Arora, thought of venturing into the formal school segment in the year 2009. Several parents of the Shemrockites came up with suggestions that the Arora’s should consider entering the formal school segment and replicate the same stress-free learning environment as is made available in their preschool chain-Shemrock. The Arora family then decided to diversify the preschool chain and move into the formal school segment. The new generation couple then conceptualized Shemford Futuristic Schools-the K-12 segment of Shemrock. The educationist couple did not want Shemford to be just another school; rather they wanted to change the education sector in a revolutionary way just as Shemrock had done 25 years ago.
Thus, after doing considerable research on the Indian school systems and the school systems around the world, Shemford was launched in 2009. Shemford grew remarkably within a span of 5 years with 95+ branches in India. This achievement has also been acknowledged by the Limca Book of Records 2013 in the category of “Most Schools Launched in Shortest Time”.
Personal life[edit | hide | edit source]
Amol Arora is married to Meenal Arora (m.2002). He lives in Delhi with his family. Amol Arora is a travel enthusiast and has visited several countries in Europe, America and Asia and he has used this exposure to distil the best of the educational systems and learning across the globe to fine-tune his idea of education. Whenever he gets time off from his work, Amol loves to read and write, play soccer, listen to music, surf the net and spend quality time with his wife and family.
Awards & Nominations[edit | hide | edit source]
In addition to his business activities, Thumbay Moideen is on board as an active office bearer and in advisory capacity in various associations and organisations. His other portfolios include:
- Nominated as the Chairman of the National Conference of Independent Schools (a network of 850 private schools of India).
- Nominated as the Chairman of the 2006 conference of Independent Schools of India.
- Felicitated by the “Independent School Federation of India” in 2007 for his contribution to school education in India.
- Received ‘Franchisor of the year in Education: Preschool’ Award by Franchise plus Magazine.
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